Graduate Funding Information Service

December 3, 2019

UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) TL1 Research Training Program

Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

The ITHS TL1 program is a one-year mentored research training program in translational science for predoctoral students. This program creates a cross-disciplinary community of emerging researchers and provides them with specific training, career development opportunities, and team science skills to help them function effectively within translational science teams. Through a combination of thoughtful mentorship, interdisciplinary interaction, and focused training, TL1 Trainees develop the skills needed to become impactful translational researchers.

The ITHS TL1 program supports trainees with the following:

  • Stipend: Trainees receive monthly predoctoral stipends, which are uniformly set for all trainees by the National Institute of Health. Review the current NRSA stipend levels.
  • Tuition: The TL1 program will pay 60 percent of full-time tuition (up to $16,000/year) to support the trainee in supplementing their course of study with required translational coursework.
  • Research funding: Trainees receive up to $1500 in funding to support their research activities.


The TL1 program is open to students enrolled in predoctoral programs at the University of Washington. These include Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work, as well as health-related programs in the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences.

ITHS is currently exploring options for incorporating trainees from our partner institutions, however the program is not open to students from outside the UW at this time.

To be considered eligible for the TL1 Program, applicants must be:

  • Pre-doctoral students enrolled in a program leading to a PhD in a health science research-related doctoral degree program, or a combined doctoral level professional degree (such as a MD, DDS, DNP, PharmD/MS or MD, DDS,  DNP, PharmD/PhD) plus a clinical research-related advanced degree (e.g., MPH). Students who wish to postpone their professional studies for one year to gain research experience may be appointed to the TL1 program for that period, provided all other eligibility criteria are met.
  • A U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, with verification documents (individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible).
  • Able to commit full-time effort in the program at the time of appointment.
  • Available to begin the program and accept stipends as of June 16, 2020 and remain in the program through June 15, 2021.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.